|Food Safety and Inspection
United States Department of Agriculture
Washington, D.C. 20250-3700
USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety
The Food and Drug Administrations rule on irradiation of meat recognizes the safety and effectiveness of irradiation in reducing pathogens in meat products. USDA established the standards for the use of irradiation in poultry in 1992 following FDAs similar approval for poultry.
USDA has worked closely with FDA in the approval process for irradiation of meat to facilitate the rapid completion of an USDA rule that spells out the procedures plants would be required to follow to irradiate meat, including ground beef. USDAs proposed rule will also address descriptive labeling for irradiated meat products.
USDA places a high priority on the preparation of a final rule for the irradiation of meat to reduce pathogens.
In addition to new USDA requirements for sanitation in slaughter and processing plants and procedures that will prevent foodborne hazards, USDA views irradiation as another weapon in the fight against pathogens that can contaminate raw meat and poultry.
For Further Information, Contact:
FSIS Congressional and Public Affairs Staff
Phone: (202) 720-9113
Fax: (202) 690-0460
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